What Makes a Print?

I will never forget when I saw my first print being developed in a small tray of magical chemical solution; it changed the way I would look at every picture I would take thereafter.  Then as a student at the Ohio Institute of Photography (OIP), I learned the true meaning of making a print, not only making but creating the print.

Everything I worked for from then on would be about the final print, something that you can hold in your hands, where you can really see the richness and detail of an image up close.  In doing this I found that there was not a better printer of my art than me.

I must admit, that I do miss the smells of a traditional darkroom at times, but today, I am still able to enjoy that same magic when creating a final print, except I use a different method in getting there today.  All of my work is now completed in a color calibrated and managed work flow to obtain the best possible image reproduction with the utmost attention to detail so that you can also experience the same excitement when you see that final print.

Artist Signature Series and Editions

I do not offer “limited edition” prints because I would prefer to allow as many people as possible to enjoy what I do.  All of my prints are offered as “open edition,” called the "Artist Signature Series" of fine art prints.

Each image that is presented on this website is available for purchase, but it is only a shadow of the actual final print.  These digital replicates don’t give you a full appreciation for that final print, they only let you glimpse the surface of the richness and vibrancy that is the result of years of work in the art of print making whether it be in a traditional darkroom or my current digital darkroom.

My goal has always been to provide you with an exquisite piece of fine art that captivates and inspires you.  With the Artist Signature Series of fine art prints, I have created something that is designed to last a lifetime!!

The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.
— Ansel Adams

Use of Archival Materials

I personally prepare each Artist Signature Series prints individually using Epson Ultrachrome K3™ archival pigment inks, on Moab Somerset Museum Rag.  This is an archival, 100%  cotton-rag, heavy-weight paper that is rated at 300 gsm, it has a smooth matte surface that is acid- and lignin-free.  These fine art prints have museum rated lives of 80 years to 100 years when properly displayed and framed under glass.  While the black and white prints can last up to 200 years.

I value and care for each print that I make and that is why I make the effort to ensure that each print is numbered, dated and signed both on the mat and the print border which is hidden under the mat.

Each print is then mounted and matted using acid free museum quality materials.  I hinge mount each print on to white acid free foam core board that is 3/16" thick using an archival grade tape that is an acid free and solvent free adhesive. The final step is cutting the windows in the mat board which are also 100% cotton-rag mat boards.  All of this creates a piece of art that will be enjoyed for years to come!!

Caring for an Artist Signature Series print

There is an abundance of information about how long photographs will last.  The answer in part depends on what type of materials the image is printed on and, in the case of inkjet printing, what type of inks are used.  It also depends on how long the print is exposed to light each day, how bright that light is, and other factors such as humidity, temperature and pollution.  It is highly recommended that when framed, you use a conservation grade UV protected glass.

Prints will last longer if stored in complete darkness, but most people want to live with their prints.  This means hanging them on a wall to enjoy and appreciate them.

So, no matter what type of artwork you have, direct sunlight will cause fading while heat and humidity can promote mold and discoloration.  Don't hang your prints in a sunny window, the bathroom or above the stove!

Cared for, these original Artist Signature Series fine art prints will last you a lifetime!!

Print Sizes and Pricing

Artist Signature Series fine art prints are printed with margins of 1-2" depending on print size and paper stock that is used; for instance, an 11” x 16.5” sized print will be printed on a 13” x 19" sheet with a 1” to 1¼" margin on all sides of the image, providing extra space so that I can sign your finished piece.

Artist Signature Series fine art prints, are available in several sizes and are approximately:

5” x 7.5”, no mounting or mat, print only – $65
6” x 9”, matted and mounted to 11” x 14” using museum quality materials – $165
9” x 13.5”, matted and mounted to 16” x 20” using museum quality materials – $195
11” x 16.5”, matted and mounted to 20” x 24” using museum quality materials – $245

My panorama images are only available in either the 13.5” or 16.5” widths, as the height will vary depending on the print.  They are however all still mounted using the same 16” x 20” or 20” x 24” museum quality materials.  The prices above include all shipping and handling charges as well as any local tax that I am required to collect.

Since I print all images, each image is made specifically for you and I don't hold stocks.  I ask that you contact me with your request, so we can discuss the size that would best suit the location where you are going to hang your Artist Signature Series fine art print.  I am also happy to work in collaboration with any art consultants, architects, and interior designers in creating prints in different sizes and on different surfaces that are designed for specific spaces and projects.

Ordering Prints

Some prefer a shopping cart; I on the other hand, prefer the intimate contact with someone interested in my work.  Please call me at (937) 610-6694 or email me with your inquiries about the purchase of any of my Artist Signature Series fine art prints, I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Acceptable forms of payment include PayPal, personal or business check.  If you would like to use a credit card, you can make your purchase using PayPal.  Any checks are held for two weeks to ensure that they clear before your print is shipped.

Your prints will be shipped within 2 to 3 weeks of receipt of payment, unless I am out of town on a photo trip.  Please call me at (937) 610-6694 or email if you need a print sooner than that.

Shipping and Handling

All of my Artist Signature Series fine art prints are shipped flat and securely packaged between multiple layers of heavy-duty cardboard inside an over sized box rated at 200 lbs.  I ship anywhere in the continental United States using either FedEx or UPS ground at no additional fee.  If you are outside the continental United States, please contact me with your address and I will gladly provide you with the additional cost to ship the package to your location.  If you have a preference on which carrier to use, please let me know when placing your order.

Guarantee of Satisfaction

The digital replicas of my art on this website cannot do justice to the fine detail, rich colors and deep blacks of my expressive Artist Signature Series fine art prints.  I am confident that you will be pleased with the quality of them, that I offer a "no questions asked" return policy to help assure you.  If you are dissatisfied for any reason, simply return the print in its original packaging within thirty days for a full refund.  Before shipping your art work back, please call me at (937) 610-6694, to let me know of any problems so that I might correct them.